Monday, 31 March 2008

Spring has sprung

The second lovely, sunny day on the trot. I'm sorry to keep banging on about the weather but it does have such an effect on my mood. I have some washing outside drying at the moment and that makes me happy too, because it will smell so nice when it's dry. Hooray for spring!

This is how far I've got with my wrap cardigan. To be fair I have been doing other things as well, but this cardigan is taking ages. I should have realised that, because when I was planning it I read other people's comments and blog posts about the pattern, but I wanted to make it anyway. It's not a really bad thing, I think I'm just going to need to always work on something else at the same time so I don't get bored. I'm about halfway up the back, and there are two fronts, two sleeves, and an unholy length of ties to go after that.

This is the Flourish bookmark by Nina Casey. I've not done a lot of knitted lace before, and certainly nothing this complicated, but I enjoyed it. I found I had to pay a bit more attention than I normally do to my knitting, though. Trying to work on it while watching the last episode of Ashes to Ashes was probably a mistake. I had to unpick several rows and do them again but it turned out all right so it doesn't matter. I'm contemplating knitting a proper lace shawl so I think I need to try a few more bookmarks for practice, then dive in.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Fun with felt

I love felt. When I was a child I used to use it all the time to make little animals and dolls clothes, and as a grown-up* I'm drawn to it for the same reasons I was then - partly the bright colours, mainly the way that it doesn't fray. It's magic!

Yesterday I made some more little cats

The blue/purple one is for sister Jen, the other two will go in the shop. I think they need some accessories first though.

I didn't notice until I was taking this photograph that the blue cat's tail is on the other way round to the other cats'. Not that it matters.


Tuesday, 4 March 2008


Well, it didn't snow the day after that post, but it did snow this morning. Only for a little while, then it turned to sleet, then rain, and now it's just cold and blowy. I am so ready for spring now.

I started work on my clover cardigan but found after a couple of inches that my pattern was a stitch out in at least two places. Apparently I can't count to five. So I frogged it back to the top of the ribbing and am trying again.

Not much else to report. Mum and Dad are back from their Antipodean jaunt, I spoke to them yesterday and they sounded very sleepy. We're going down to Sussex at the weekend to visit them and also see the sister and her husband. Might even manage to meet up with some friends as well which will be good.

Sorry for no photos today....I promise I'll take some as soon as the sun comes out!